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Has the national government developed policies/programmes aimed at combating racism and related ideologies? Have these policies/programmes been implemented and in whatway?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Policies & Organisations
29/02/2012 - 13:13
Short Answer

In 2005 the Irish government launched ‘The National Action Plan against Racism.’  Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, described it thusly; “support was provided towards the development of a number of national and local strategies promoting greater integration in our workplaces, in An Garda Síochána, the health service, in our education system, in the arts and sports sectors and within our local authorities"

Qualitative Info

Summary of the Intercultural Framework underpinning the NPAR

Participation: Full participation in Irish society.

Recognition: Recognition and awareness of diversity.

Provision: Accommodating diversity in service provision.

Inclusion: Economic inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Protection: Effective protection and redress against racism.

Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter: “The National Action Plan against Racism 2005-2008 was very ambitious and wide ranging in its scope. Since 2005, there has been a substantial penetration of anti —racist policies, programmes and activities and awareness raising initiatives. The focus is now on the continued implementation of the sectoral strategies which flowed from the Plan. In light of these measures, I do not intend to focus on developing a second National Action Plan against Racism.” (

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Employment - labour market, Housing, Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Media, Internet, Sport, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life, Religion
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